Dear Sponsors, Friends and Well Wishers
We conducted our annual sponsors meetings in Kiev, Ukraine & New Jersey and Maryland states in USA in 2012. Apart from the sponsors programs, we were also invited by many organizations to represent Uplift a Child International and to present about our work. It is always a celebration for all of us when ever we meet with the sponsors and to share everything. Each time we get together, we are growing with inspiration, dedication, support and friendship. Our sponsors are happy with our work as we updated them with a detailed presentation on each and every aspect of our operations in India and USA. Below are the 3 locations where we had our annual sponsors programs this year.
Uplift a Child – Kiev, UKRAINE on 17th February, 2012
Uplift a Child – New Jersey, USA on 3rd March, 2012
Uplift a Child – Maryland, USA on 12th May, 2012
Uplift a Child, Kiev – UKRAINE
We had our event this year at Himalaya Restaurant in Kiev. We have had sponsors in the Ukraine for five years and this is the first time we hosted a sponsors program with the help of our volunteers and sponsors. This year’s event was hosted and sponsored by the Anuradha & Srinivas Polavarapu family. We are thankful to them for their time and efforts in making this a memorable one.
On February 18th, we were invited by Kasturi & Rajesh Kumar Saraiya to their special event. It was a dinner event to celebrate the success of Mr. Rajesh Kumar Saraiya on his achievement of Presidential Award from Government of India for his contribution to the World. We were given 15 minutes for a presentation of Uplift a Child. It was a very successful event as many of the local Ukrainians joined us to help with the educational support of our children in India. We had a lot of dignitaries there including a lot of business magnets and also the Ambassador of India to the Ukraine.
We are also thankful to the president of the Indian Association in Ukraine, Mr. Sanjeev Bhagat and his team for their willingness to help many children for education as a group. We thank them and welcome them to Uplift a Child to make a difference with our combined efforts. We received commitments of US $25,000 from the programs which can easily support at least 200 children.
Uplift a Child – New Jersey-USA
We had our program in East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. We are thankful to Vani & Mahesh Dontamsetty for hosting our annual program at their house. They have been sponsors from five years supporting children for education in India. Sponsors from NJ, CT, NY, MD and PA attended our program. It was a 90 minute program with the Dontamsetty family sponsoring and providing delicious food for all. Below are few pictures.
Sri Nidhi is a college student who is also a professional artist. She brought some of her arts and sold them to some of our sponsors there and donated 100% of all her sales that day ($580). Her parents are already our sponsors supporting children for education through our charity.
Bhavana & Abhijit Polavarapu from Kiev, Ukraine donated US $150 plus 100 Ukranian money. They have collected this money from gifts from parents and may be from others. They felt that their money can be better used to support a needy child for education.
We were able to deposit $150 in our bank and could not deposit the 100 Ukranian money which is equivalent to US $12. Parents requested to auction that 100 Ukranian money in our New Jersey Annual program. We had a 5 minutes bidding on that and we did get a highest bidder who paid $350 for that.
The family who took that told us it is not the value of the money but the thought of the child which was very valuable and also they knew that this money will be used to support another child for education. We are thankful to the youngsters who have already realized the difference of privileged and underprivileged and are already thinking of helping others.
Our program was a grand success and every one enjoyed the 90 minutes event and left with great memories. People have come from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut.
Uplift a Child – Maryland-USA
We had our event this year at Sam Vonumu’s office at the Discovery World Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. We are thankful to Discovery for giving us permission to host this event. Our president Ms. Susan Carson started the program with welcoming our guests and providing updates about the finances of 2011 and how they were spent. Rena Vonumu spoke via Skype from Canada and then Ms. Pearl Welch briefed us all on the 2011 summary of our operations in India and about the new developments for 2012. Sam Vonumu then concluded the event with his presentation updating our sponsors and well-wishers about the most recent India visit in January and February. A detailed report is available at http://upliftachild.org/reports/2012IndiaVisit.pdf
We are thankful to the Welch family and Susan Carson for sponsoring snacks for the event. Biryani Pointe in Herndon sponsored us chilli chicken for our event and we are thankful to many volunteers who went out of their way in making our event a successful one.
Thanks to all our sponsors and well-wishers who are very committed each year by sending their contributions towards their sponsored children who are getting an education and building their lives for a better tomorrow. Out of many, we are one people and with our objective we will make a difference to the world.
Our event pictures are posted in facebook. “UpliftaChild” is our Facebook name. Below are the links to the event pictures.
Ukraine Program 2012:
New Jersey Program 2012:
Maryland Program 2012:
Would you like to refer to someone who might be interested in doing what you are doing?
If so, please have them email Sam Vonumu (Below are the details)
If anyone is interested in sponsoring child/children, please have them visit our webpage to see
Children currently waiting for help: http://www.upliftachild.org/children.asp
A detailed report is available with pictures at http://upliftachild.org/reports/2012SponsorsMeetings.pdf